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Chris Elwood’s triumphant return: A tennis legacy resurfaces

Sofia Pela

Westmont College’s men’s tennis program is thrilled to welcome back Head Coach Chris Elwood, a triumphant leader who holds a program-record 140 wins from his coaching stints in 1993 to 1997 and 2001 to 2009.

As a Westmont alum, Elwood’s earlier coaching years saw the Warriors win three consecutive Golden State Athletic Conference Championships, reaching their highest finish in program history in 1997. Returning to guide the team into NCAA Division II competition, Elwood’s legacy combines coaching success with his dedication to education and the local tennis scene in Santa Barbara.

However, with the appeal of NCAA Division II challenges and the opportunity to guide Westmont tennis in this exciting new era, Elwood has once again returned to his home turf with a long-term plan for the program. 

Part of Elwood’s vision for Westmont men’s tennis includes connecting with the talented young men of the tennis team to push them to be the best versions of themselves. To Elwood, life is more than just tennis. It’s about the life one leads both on and off the court. 

 “We are not just building a tennis program. We are trying to build men of conviction.”

— CHRIS ELWOOD, Westmont men's tennis coach

Westmont men’s tennis is a powerhouse of extraordinary athletes, featuring standout talents such as fourth-year captain Logan Thompson, recognized by Elwood for possessing the “Best backhand in Santa Barbara County.” Another stellar player and fourth-year caption, Ethan Ha, is gearing up to navigate his final season with determination and skill. Additionally, the recent addition of second-year Auston Stone, emerges as an exciting development for the team. Elwood shared, “He’s got a terrific power game so if you want to see some exciting power, his serve combinations are really exciting to watch!”

Striving to not only build the team up, Elwood is working to make connections with coaches from Christian high schools nationwide, seeking to establish Westmont as a positive force in collegiate tennis. This endeavor underscores a dedicated approach to not only enhance the team’s reputation but also contribute meaningfully to the broader tennis community. Building lasting relationships that extend well beyond the confines of the tennis court.

An additional focal point of Elwoods efforts lies in strengthening his ties within Santa Barbara’s vibrant local community. With tennis deeply embedded in the area’s heritage, Elwood looks to get the community excited about the sport. The ongoing court renovations are preparing our campus for remarkable new facilities that any tennis enthusiast would love to get the chance to visit. 

“This is going to be one of the most beautiful tennis facilities in America. I really believe that.”

— CHRIS ELWOOD, Westmont men's tennis coach

Witnessing the latest renovations, your eyes will be captivated by the emergence of a striking purple tennis court. Embracing the industry’s prevailing standards, Westmont College drew inspiration from the renowned Indian Wells tournaments, a fixture in the tennis calendar and often dubbed the fifth major tournament globally. Notably, the distinctive Indian Wells purple has become iconic, aiding in optimal visibility during streaming, and enhancing the clarity of match calls. After years of the traditional maroon and green courts, the ongoing facility renovations prompted a desire for a fresh aesthetic. What better way to do that than with a premium purple surface?

Head Coach Chris Elwood’s return and visionary leadership are steering a transformative journey for men’s tennis. Elwood’s mission extends far beyond the court, leaving a profound impact on each tennis player. Westmont tennis is lucky to have Elwood back, guiding the team with a unique blend of expertise and inspiration.

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